Other Gay Beach Towns

Author: , July 31st, 2016

Colonial Beach house

We all love Rehoboth Beach, Del. Fire Island remains a popular and iconic destination for gay beachgoers, especially from the New York area. And Provincetown continues to draw LGBT crowds for its laid-back vibe and welcoming atmosphere.
But if you’re looking for something new, there are gay-friendly beach towns off the beaten path. Here are a few within driving distance of Washington.

Colonial Beach, Va.

Chris Adcock and Ted Tait were drawn to Colonial Beach in 2011 for its reputation as a great boating town. Once docked, they discovered its gay life. For those wanting to skip the fast-paced partying and slow-moving traffic of Rehoboth Beach, Del., Tait and Adcock recommend Virginia’s second-largest beach for its quaint, small-town feel and warm acceptance.

“They’re drastic opposite ends of the spectrum in a good way,” Adcock says. “Rehoboth is the new, modern, clubby younger scene where as Colonial Beach is much more sleepy and neighborhoody. Everybody knows everybody.”

By Selene San Felice and Joey Diguglielmo – Full Story at The Washington Blade

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Gay Asbury Park, New Jersey

Author: , September 3rd, 2014

Asbury Park, New JerseyGay Asbury Park is a pretty special place. Not your ordinary Jersey Shore town, there’s a quirky and freewheeling spirit here, and a GLBT influence that’s become part of the very fabric of the town. Once one of the great seaside resorts, it fell on hard times in the 1970s, and it was only through the infusion of LGBT creativity, devotion, and money that it became what it is today: a dining destination so good that New Yorkers will come down just to have a meal here, and a music magnet that attracts performers and fans from all over, perhaps hoping to be or see the next Bruce Springsteen, who was a major figure in putting his adopted hometown on the map.

It doesn’t have the glitz of Atlantic City or the cutesy Victorian appeal of nearby Neptune. What it does have is an artistic and independent spirit that constantly surprises, making Asbury (as locals tend to call it) the most interesting and singular town along the Shore. It also has, of course, the Atlantic Ocean and an alluring boardwalk, which is still the primary attraction here. Take some time, though, to explore the rest of the town: this is one city with a thriving life away from the boardwalk. It’s only a little over an hour from New York or Philadelphia, so you can just visit for a day or a long weekend.

Enjoy the unique Asbury spirit, get a major dose of fascinating history, check out several of the alluring restaurants and fun gay nightspots, and, above all, just revel in the proudly idiosyncratic atmosphere. Maybe it’s a stereotype that “the gays come in, and the place improves,” but in Asbury Park any local will tell you that’s what happened, which makes the community here not just “tolerated” but appreciated to the point of reverence. If you take the train in, you’ll see in the Transportation Center a sign from the old Rainbow Room, a popular lesbian hangout from the 1930s to the 1950s. The Historical Society here spent $15,000 to restore and hang this lesbian bar sign in the most public spot possible in the city. Doesn’t that really tell you all you need to know about Asbury Park?

By Rich Rubin – Full Story at Passport Magazine | Central New Jersey Gay Travel Resources

NJ: June Kicks Off Gay Pride Month in Asbury Park

Author: , May 18th, 2011

Jersey Pride’s 20th Annual LGBTI Pride Celebration will be held the first weekend in June in Asbury Park. The parade, rally and festival is on Sunday, but be sure to mark the entire weekend on your calendar – you won’t want to miss it. This year there are more than a half-dozen events being held on Friday and Saturday to fill your entire weekend with plenty of Gay Pride. Check the Out In Jersey events page for June for a detailed updated list daily as plans are finalized by each organization.

Can you believe Jersey Pride’s first celebration was held 20 years ago? What started out as a relatively modest event, has grown by leaps and bounds, and now draws tens of thousands to Asbury Park for this annual gay pride tradition.

The parade, rally, and festival take place from noon to 7 PM, rain or shine, on Sunday, June 5th. The parade begins at City Hall, goes up Cookman Avenue (past many of the gay-owned establishments in town), turns onto Grand Avenue and then Sunset Avenue and finishes at the festival grounds in Bradley and Atlantic Parks. The parade boasts rainbow balloons, motorcycles, colorful floats, decorated vehicles, marching bands, walkers, rollers, strollers, and plenty more. The parade will enter the festival grounds approximately 12:45 p.m. with a flurry of sights and sounds.

Full Story from Out in Jersey

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